Intouchables, Rain Man, Forrest Gump, The Bélier Family... So many films that were a hit in theaters and invited us to take a different look at disability. A philosophy at the heart of “Regards Croissants”, a festival of short films made by people with disabilities. For 15 years, this competition has been working to change the vision of people with disabilities in the world of work. The new edition is organized on November 8, 9 and 10 in Saint-Malo.
Around fifty films on the theme of their profession will be in competition in the Palais du Grand Large of the corsair city. With a motto: “disability does not prevent talent”. In six minutes, the directors of the competing films offer a new, funny, offbeat or moving look at their work lives. The list rewards short films in five categories: the protected and adapted environment, the ordinary environment, corporate communication... At the origin of this initiative, the Hippocampe association which works with companies by raising awareness among HR managers and managers with disabilities. “In our society where for many, the future is uncertain, the films we are going to see show us people accustomed to courage and determined to take their full place, on a daily basis, for a richer and more human life,” pleads his president, Mireille Malot.
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Over the years, Regards Croissants has attracted a growing number of cinema figures. Actor and director Sam Karmann became artistic director. “Not only does disability not prevent talent, but it forces those who are affected in their flesh or spirit to encounter their true humanity, namely their own talent, and thus overcome their condition,” he explains.
The jury brings together personalities from the artistic world and the disability community. The directors Dominique Farrugia, Radu Mihaileanu and Marie-Anne Chazel, the singer Raphaël, the skipper Damien Seguin and the swimmer Théo Curin, for example, participated in the choices of the best short films during previous editions. This year, the jury will be chaired by director Isabelle Nanty.
Sophie Vouzelaud, first runner-up Miss France 2007 and hard of hearing, will be at her side. On November 8, the screening of the film La Marginale, by Franck Cimière, with Corinne Masiero, will open the festival. The screening of the short films in competition and the awards evening are accessible to the public. On November 9, a conference on peer assistance is also on the program.